Smarter Supply Shopping
When spring hits, so does gardening and landscaping fever. Hardware and gardening supply stores capitalize on this trend and mark-up their products accordingly. So to borrow another retail axiom -- buy your winter sweaters in May.
In other words, you'll find that landscaping tools of all kinds are much, much cheaper if you buy them in late summer or autumn. Everything from hoses to hoes will often go for prices that are a fraction of their springtime peaks.
Become a coupon clipper. Circulars in your Sunday newspaper will help you find steep price drops on tools and supplies. If you need landscaping services, go directly to a company's Web site to find any available discounts. Sign up for newsletters and alerts from big hardware stores to receive updates on major price reductions.
And weigh your purchases carefully. Don't buy fabulous tools just because they're on sale, and think twice about stockpiling 10 pallets of bricks that you don't have room for.